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05/26/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

The industrial internet of things requires Low Power Wide Area Network technology.

05/26/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

If the cloud is all about convenience, cloud pricing is anything but. The pay-as-you-go model has been complicated by AWS Reserved Instances and other ways to lock in lower prices at the expense of business agility. Indeed, this critical need to shepherd costs efficiently has some AWS users longing for simpler and more flexible pricing models – but not enough to switch to competing clouds that offer them.

Case in point: Google’s Sustained Use Discounts, which automatically kick in as your level of usage rises above 25, 50, and 75 percent of a given month. The greater the portion of the month you run your instance, the greater your effective discount.

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05/26/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Cray Research is now offering its Urika-GX supercomputer as a cloud computing service, targeted at life-sciences customers looking for compute cycles to solve some heavy problems. This offering, done with cloud infrastructure provider Markley, makes Cray one of the last high-performance computing providers to give cloud computing a try.

But few companies actually need it.

Most enterprise-based R&D shops just need high-performance computing services from time to time, and they rarely need a specific platform such as the Urika-GX. And they can get the more generic high-performance computing services from Amazon Web Services or other modern cloud providers.

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05/25/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Archilochus said in 700 B.C. Centuries later, Unix was developed using similar philosophy: “Do one thing and do it well.”

Derived on the same principles, microservices aim to deliver specific functionality in an independent repeatable way, but any change to that microservice must not result in breaking other services or consumers that it interacts with. Because microservices often invoke other microservices, each must provide a well-defined contract for deployed versions so that any change in the producer microservice will not break the functionality of its consumer counterparts.

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05/25/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Codenvy's technology platform is based on the open-source Eclipse Che online developer workspace effort, providing a cloud based Integrated Developer Environment for building code.
05/25/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Developers will have access to a massive new inventory of APIs—7,500, give or take a few—in what the company claims will become the world’s largest API marketplace.
05/25/2017   eWeek Cloud News
SPARTAN Cloud is the first security product that enables secure connections to AWS, Azure and Google Cloud based on Transport Layer Security (TLS).
05/25/2017   eWeek Cloud News
The Google Ads Data Hub will give advertiser better insight into how users are interacting with their web ads across mobile and other devices.
05/25/2017   eWeek Cloud News
TriCore Solutions fills a big need in Rackspace's pivot from its original internet hosting business to a managed services provider.
05/25/2017   eWeek Cloud News
In a year, Europe's General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect and Microsoft is working to get its cloud customers ready.
05/24/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Istio, an open source microservices environment, will help developers manage, monitor and secure traffic between services, companies say.
05/24/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which seeks to drive large-scale cloud computing with an emphasis on containers and microservices, has just added the Container Network Interface (CNI) project to its fold.

The project joins others hosted by the nonprofit foundation, including the Kuberrnetes container orchestration platform and CoreDNS DNS server. CNI had been a GitHub open source project. It features a specification and libraries to write plugins for configuring networking interfaces in Linux containers.

The foundation’s adoption of CNI is meant to increase its focus on network connectivity of containers and the removal of allocated sources when the container is deleted. “The idea [is] that CNI is a standard way of being able to use different networking technologies,” said Dan Kohn, the foundation’s executive director.

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05/24/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google have redefined IT for web-scale applications, leveraging standard servers and shared-nothing architectures to ensure maximum operational efficiency, flexibility, and reliability. As new application workloads – cloud, mobile, IoT, machine learning, and real-time analytics – drive the need for faster and more scalable storage, enterprises are seeking to optimize their infrastructures in the same way as these tech giants.

Excelero’s NVMesh—a unified, scale-out, software-defined, block storage solution that runs on industry standard servers—was designed in response to these needs. NVMesh leverages NVMe high-performance flash, a highlydistributed architecture, intelligent clients that minimize cluster communications, and a proprietary storage access protocol that bypasses the CPU on storage targets.

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05/24/2017   eWeek Cloud News
DAILY VIDEO: Google for Jobs employs machine learning to help people find work; WannaCry ransomware raises stakes for cyber-security insurance; Skyport Systems extends secure server protection to hybrid cloud edge; and there's more.
05/23/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Company puts to work machine-learning algorithms and application behavior anomaly detection to find and troubleshoot application infrastructure performance issues.
05/23/2017   Virtualization
A virtualized workspace is similar to a virtual desktop implementation except that the central processing is done in the cloud rather than in a data center.
05/23/2017   eWeek Cloud News
A virtualized workspace is similar to a virtual desktop implementation except that the central processing is done in the cloud rather than in a data center.
05/23/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Microsoft is positioning its P language as a solution for asynchrony in a world where this capability is becoming increasingly vital for the cloud, artificial intelligence, and embedded systems.

Geared to asynchronous event-driven programming, the open source P unifies modeling and programming into a single activity. “Today’s software uses cloud resources, is often embedded in devices in the physical world and employs artificial intelligence techniques,” said Shaz Qadeer, a principal researcher at Microsoft. Such applications feature asynchrony, leading to issues with race conditions and “heisenbugs” (named after the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle), which are timing-related bugs that often disappear during an investigation of it. P was was built to address the challenges.

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05/23/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Microsoft apparently missed database godfather Michael Stonebraker’s memo. In 2005 Stonebraker declared the “one size fits all” mentality of the database market is an idea whose “time has come and gone.” Fast forward to 2017 and Microsoft launched Azure Cosmos DB, a new database that promises to do... everything.

No, really. Everything.

Relational data? Check. Documents? Yep. Graph? Of course. Strong consistency? Bingo! Eventual consistency? That, too! In fact, Cosmos DB has five consistency models to choose from.

Not surprisingly, euphoric cries greeted the press release, with one developer gushing that it “absolutely beats any competitor in the cloud” and, as such, “not sure why would you go for anything else today.” Microsoft, even less surprisingly, agreed, calling Azure Cosmos DB “the first globally-distributed data service that lets you elastically scale throughput and storage across any number of geographical regions while guaranteeing low latency, high availability, and [five well-defined] consistency [models].”

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05/23/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

The internet of things is real, and it’s a real part of the cloud. A key challenge is how you can get data processed from so many devices. Cisco Systems predicts that cloud traffic is likely to rise nearly fourfold by 2020, increasing 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 (the latest full year for which data is available) to 14.1ZB per year by 2020.

As a result, we could have the cloud computing perfect storm from the growth of IoT. After all, IoT is about processing device-generated data that is meaningful, and cloud computing is about using data from centralized computing and storage. Growth rates of both can easily become unmanageable.

So what do we do? The answer is something called “edge computing.” We already know that computing at the edge pushes most of the data processing out to the edge of the network, close to the source of the data. Then it’s a matter of dividing the processing between the edge and the centralized system, meaning a public cloud such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure. 

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05/22/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Skyport adds new capabilities to its cloud-managed secure server hardware platform to help organizations manage and secure application delivery in the cloud.
05/22/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Vera’s job is to bolster users’ ability to ensure that only trusted individuals can access sensitive information in real time, regardless of its location.
05/22/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Users mistakenly think that if they put their infrastructure into Amazon (AWS), Google Cloud or Azure, that they’re also providing security—but that’s a fallacy.
05/22/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Microsoft's latest Azure offering uses Nvidia's virtualization platform to deliver high-performance computer-generated graphics over the cloud.
05/22/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Google's new search feature is designed to help people find jobs at every skill and experience level, Sundar Pichai CEO says.
05/22/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Firebase, Google Cloud’s back end and SDK for mobile and web application development, is being enhanced with serverless compute capabilities. Google Cloud Functions for Firebase, now available in a beta release, allows developers to run back-end JavaScript code that responds to events triggered by Firebase features and HTTPS requests.

Developers upload their code to Google's cloud, and the functions are run in a managed Node.js environment. There is no need for users to manage or scale their own servers. “[Cloud Functions] enables true server-less development,” Google's Ben Galbraith said. Like AWS Lambda and Microsoft's Azure Functions, Cloud Functions allows users to deploy and run code without provisioning servers. Developers code to cloud APIs, and the cloud takes care of managing and scaling the functions.

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05/19/2017   eWeek Cloud News
The telecom deployed its nationwide LTE-M network May 18; it is designed to join others in enabling new-generation IoT devices, applications and services.
05/19/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

When Google first told the world about its Tensor Processing Unit, the strategy behind it seemed clear enough: Speed machine learning at scale by throwing custom hardware at the problem. Use commodity GPUs to train machine-learning models; use custom TPUs to deploy those trained models.

The new generation of Google’s TPUs is designed to handle both of those duties, training and deploying, on the same chip. That new generation is also faster, both on its own and when scaled out with others in what’s called a “TPU pod.”

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05/19/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

I call them the “folded-arm gang”: those CIOs who invite the “cloud guy” into a meeting and then push back on everything you say and do so for no good technical reason. It’s frustrating.

But things are changing. CIOs who once pushed back on cloud computing have either changed their minds or have been fired. Either reason is fine with me.

You can see that shift in a study by Trustmarque that shows more than nine in ten U.K. CIOs and IT decision-makers polled said they plan to migrate their organizations on-premises workloads to the cloud within five years. The study polled 200 CIOs and senior IT decision-makers in enterprises with more than 1,000 employees.

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05/19/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Microsoft expects to start delivering cloud services to African customers next year from data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
05/18/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Built on Splunk Enterprise for operational intelligence, NetMotion's Mobile IQ delivers real-time analysis and alerts about mobile connectivity.
05/18/2017   eWeek Cloud News
The world's largest cloud-services business application provider has shown impressive double-digit revenue growth in each of the last three quarters.
05/18/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Microsoft’s Cortana voice-based personal assistant has always seemed a little out of place in the enterprise. It’s a useful tool for search, for reminders, and for letting you know when you need to leave to get to that meeting on time. But compared to Amazon Alexa’s growing list of skills, it’s lagging in the personal assistant race.

Yes, it connects to Office 365 and LinkedIn to give you some insight into your work, but then again so does Alexa. But if Microsoft delivers the Windows promises made last week at its Build 2017 developer conference, that’s all going to change.

As part of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s rearticulation of his original “mobile first, cloud first” vision as one of “an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge,” Cortana is getting a promotion. More than a basic piece of personal assistant software, with the next release of Windows 10 it will be the face of the intelligent agents that will populate Microsoft’s new blurring of the cloud and PC worlds.

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05/17/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Google has made another leap forward in the realm of machine learning hardware. The tech giant has begun deploying the second version of its Tensor Processing Unit, a specialized chip meant to accelerate machine learning applications, company CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Wednesday.

The new Cloud TPU sports several improvements over its predecessor. Most notably, it supports training machine learning algorithms in addition to processing the results from existing models. Each chip can provide 180 teraflops of processing for those tasks. Google is also able to network the chips together in sets of what are called TPU Pods that allow even greater computational gains.

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05/17/2017   eWeek Cloud News
The infiswift IoT platform deploys several patent-pending technologies that enable what the company claims is best-in-class performance for agriculture and energy customers at scale.
05/16/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Have you heard the fairy tale that application performance on the cloud is automatically optimized, without any effort from developers or administrators?

Too many people believe it’s reality, and not a fairy tale.

I blame the confusion on early cloud hype, when “elasticity” was often stated as something related to cloud performance. Although elasticity does let you scale on demand by provisioning servers, or perhaps automatically these days using serverless computing technology, the elasticity concept unto itself does not guarantee well-performing applications.

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05/15/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Every week it seems we hear about another large enterprise moving a major chunk of workloads to AWS or some other public cloud. Meanwhile, the private cloud—once considered a vital part of the enterprise’s future—gets no respect. “The enterprises that banked on private clouds a few years ago are now having second thoughts,” says InfoWorld’s David Linthicum in a recent post.

I can assure you that Yahoo isn’t one of those enterprises. InfoWorld recently interviewed Yahoo’s VP of Cloud Services, Preeti Somal, who gave us an in-depth virtual tour of the company’s enormous private cloud, which runs hundreds of thousands of servers worldwide, averages one terabit per second of traffic to over a billion monthly users, and accommodates roughly 50,000 build jobs per day.

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05/12/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Microsoft has fired a shot heard around the globe, so to speak, in data management with the debut of Azure Cosmos DB at the recent Microsoft Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle. The cloud database is positioned for elasticity and globally available data, supported on the Azure cloud. The project was founded in 2010 by Microsoft’s Dharma Shukla, who holds the title of distinguished engineer at the company.

InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill spoke with Shukla during the conference to get his perspectives on the technology.

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05/12/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Serverless computing is an exciting aspect of public cloud computing: You no longer have to provision virtual servers in the cloud; that's done automatically to meet the exact needs of your application.

Although the value of serverless computing is not in dispute, it’s my job to find potential downsides in new technologies so that my clients—and you—can avoid them. In the case of serverless computing, we may find that cloud architecture as a discipline suffers. Here’s why.

When building applications for server-oriented architectures (where the virtual servers need to be provisioned, including storage and compute), you have built-in policies around the use of resources, including the virtual server itself. After all, you have to provision servers before the workloads can access them. That means you're well aware that they're there, that they cost money, and that they're configured for your workloads.

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05/12/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Since I reviewed Tableau, Qlik Sense, and Microsoft Power BI in 2015, Tableau and Microsoft have solidified their leadership in the business intelligence (BI) market: Tableau with intuitive interactive exploration, Microsoft with low price and Office integration. Qlik is still a leader compared to the other 20 vendors in the sector, but trails both Tableau and Power BI.

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05/12/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing
Microsoft has announced its Windows 10 Fall Creators Preview, with new features like Timeline, Pick Up Where You Left Off, and the new Story Remix. Here's what the new update will include.
05/11/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing
05/09/2017   Virtualization
It does make a modicum of sense that the world’s virtualization king would get involved with a connected device that is devoid of a hard drive.
05/09/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Before you deploy SD-WAN, you need to decide where you want to place the controllers and edge routers.

05/09/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

A look at what's ahead in WiFi, including the speedy 802.11ax and HaLow for IoT connectivity.

05/08/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Sometimes small things can keep you awake at night.

05/04/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Containers enable portability across cloud environments, but cloud predictability remains a challenge.

05/02/2017   Virtualization
In an unexpected move, Docker Inc. announces that Steve Singh is the company's new CEO, replacing Ben Golub.
05/02/2017   Virtualization
The new product, Bitfusion Flex, is specialized to reduce the time and expense associated with AI projects by accelerating development times and cutting infrastructure costs.
05/01/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Cisco says it will integrate SD-WAN startup's technology with IWAN and Meraki.

04/28/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Check out these IT products that are pushing the envelope in cloud, infrastructure, and more.

04/26/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Interop ITX speaker has three tips to ensure your WLAN is ready for the internet of things.